Second Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties to Review the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (Second Review Conference or RC-2)

Dates: 7 April – 18 April 2008

The two-week Second Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention officially ended on Friday night, 18 April 2008 with a clear reaffirmation of the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention and work of its implementing agency, the OPCW.

Chairperson: Ambassador Waleed A. Elkhereiji of Saudi Arabia. 117 States Parties participated.

Reports, Agendas and Related Documents

  Document Symbol Title Date  
Review of the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention since the First Review Conference RC-2/S/1* Review of the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention since the First Review Conference 31/03/2008 Details
Request for Circulation of a Document at the Second Review Conference RC-2/NAT.14 Request for Circulation of a Document at the Second Review Conference 11/04/2008 Details
Report of the Second Review Conference RC-2/4 Report of the Second Review Conference 18/04/2008 Details
Report of the Scientific Advisory Board on Developments in Science and Technology Corrigendum RC-2/DG.1/Corr.1 Report of the Scientific Advisory Board on Developments in Science and Technology Corrigendum 05/03/2008 Details
Report of the Scientific Advisory Board on Developments in Science and Technology RC-2/DG.1 Report of the Scientific Advisory Board on Developments in Science and Technology 28/02/2008 Details
Provisional Agenda for the Second Review Conference RC-2/1 Provisional Agenda for the Second Review Conference 11/03/2008 Details
Prospects for CWC Universality Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects Prospects for CWC Universality Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008 Details
Outreach and Codes of Conduct Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects Outreach and Codes of Conduct Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008 Details
Other Chemical Production Facilities Inspections Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects Other Chemical Production Facilities Inspections Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008 Details
Opening Statement by The Director-General to the Second Review Conference RC-2/DG.2 Opening Statement by The Director-General to the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Second Review Conference, Delivered by Mr Tim Caughley, Deputy Secretary-General Of The Conference On Disarmament RC-2/2 Message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Second Review Conference, Delivered by Mr Tim Caughley, Deputy Secretary-General Of The Conference On Disarmament 07/04/2008 Details
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHEMICAL ASSOCIATIONS: The role of industry in the Chemical Weapons Convention Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHEMICAL ASSOCIATIONS: The role of industry in the Chemical Weapons Convention Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008 Details
Economic and technological development Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects Economic and technological development Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008 Details
CWC and Industry: 10 Years On and Beyond Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects CWC and Industry: 10 Years On and Beyond Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008 Details
Chemical Weapons Destruction: Progress and Challenges Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects Chemical Weapons Destruction: Progress and Challenges Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008 Details
Assessment of the OPCW international cooperation programs: perspective from a developing State Party-Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects Assessment of the OPCW international cooperation programs: perspective from a developing State Party-Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 19/09/2007 Details

National Statements

  Document Symbol Title Date  
Zambia: Statement at the Second Review Conference Zambia: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Viet Nam: Statement at the Second Review Conference Viet Nam: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
United States: Statement at the Second Review Conference United States: Statement at the Second Review Conference 08/04/2008 Details
Ukraine: Statement at the Second Review Conference Ukraine: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Uganda: Statement at the Second Review Conference Uganda: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Tunisia: Statement at the Second Review Conference Tunisia: Statement at the Second Review Conference 08/04/2008 Details
The Republic Of Korea: Proposal for Enhancing the Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness of Other Chemical Production Facilities Inspections RC-2/NAT.7 The Republic Of Korea: Proposal for Enhancing the Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness of Other Chemical Production Facilities Inspections 08/04/2008 Details
The People’s Republic of China: Report on the Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention in China RC-2/NAT.1 The People’s Republic of China: Report on the Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention in China 25/03/2008 Details
The People’s Republic of China Position Paper: Verification Issues RC-2/NAT.3 The People’s Republic of China Position Paper: Verification Issues 25/03/2008 Details
The People’s Republic of China Position Paper: Chemical Weapons Abandoned by Japan in China RC-2/NAT.4 The People’s Republic of China Position Paper: Chemical Weapons Abandoned by Japan in China 25/03/2008 Details
The People’s Republic of China Position Paper: Challenge Inspection RC-2/NAT.2 The People’s Republic of China Position Paper: Challenge Inspection 25/03/2008 Details
The Netherlands: Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Mr Maxime Verhagen, to the Second Review Conference RC-2/NAT.8 The Netherlands: Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Mr Maxime Verhagen, to the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
The Netherlands: Connecting with the Wider Environment for Better Operation of the Convention RC-2/NAT.16 The Netherlands: Connecting with the Wider Environment for Better Operation of the Convention 15/04/2008 Details
Thailand: Statement at the Second Review Conference Thailand: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Switzerland: Risk Assessment of the Different Types of Plant Sites/Facilities Under Article VI of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) RC-2/NAT.11 Switzerland: Risk Assessment of the Different Types of Plant Sites/Facilities Under Article VI of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) 09/04/2008 Details
Switzerland: Riot Control and Incapacitating Agents under the Chemical Weapons Convention RC-2/NAT.12 Switzerland: Riot Control and Incapacitating Agents under the Chemical Weapons Convention 09/04/2008 Details
Switzerland: Inclusion of Data on Non-Scheduled Chemicals in the OPCW Central Analytical Database to Facilitate Comprehensive Chemical Weapons Analysis RC-2/NAT.9 Switzerland: Inclusion of Data on Non-Scheduled Chemicals in the OPCW Central Analytical Database to Facilitate Comprehensive Chemical Weapons Analysis 09/04/2008 Details
Switzerland:  Article X, Assistance and Cooperation against Chemical Weapons RC-2/NAT.10 Switzerland: Article X, Assistance and Cooperation against Chemical Weapons 09/04/2008 Details
Sudan: Statement at the Second Review Conference Sudan: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Statement By Dr. José A. Díaz Duque, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of the Republic of Cuba, on Behalf of the States Parties of the Non-Aligned Movement to the Chemical Weapons Convention and China, at RC-2 RC-2/NAT.5 Statement By Dr. José A. Díaz Duque, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of the Republic of Cuba, on Behalf of the States Parties of the Non-Aligned Movement to the Chemical Weapons Convention and China, at RC-2 07/04/2008 Details
South Africa: Statement at the Second Review Conference South Africa: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Slovenia: Statement by Ms Anita Pipan, Director General for Policy Planning and Multilateral Political Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia on Behalf of the European Union and Associated Countries, to the Second Review Conference RC-2/NAT.13 Slovenia: Statement by Ms Anita Pipan, Director General for Policy Planning and Multilateral Political Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia on Behalf of the European Union and Associated Countries, to the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Singapore: Statement at the Second Review Conference Singapore: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Position Paper Submitted by the Delegation of the Republic of Cuba on Behalf of the Member States of the NAM that are States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention and China, to the Second Review Conference RC-2/NAT.17/Rev.1 Position Paper Submitted by the Delegation of the Republic of Cuba on Behalf of the Member States of the NAM that are States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention and China, to the Second Review Conference 15/04/2008 Details
Philippines: Statement at the Second Review Conference RC-2/NAT.21 Philippines: Statement at the Second Review Conference 18/04/2008 Details
Peru: Statement at the Second Review Conference Peru: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Pakistan: Statement at the Second Review Conference Pakistan: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Mongolia: Statement at the Second Review Conference Mongolia: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Mexico: Statement at the Second Review Conference Mexico: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Malaysia: Statement at the Second Review Conference Malaysia: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Japan’s Efforts Toward Early Destruction of ACW in China RC-2/NAT.20 Japan’s Efforts Toward Early Destruction of ACW in China 16/04/2008 Details
Japan: Promotion of Non-Proliferation of Chemical Weapons RC-2/NAT.19/Rev.1 Japan: Promotion of Non-Proliferation of Chemical Weapons 28/04/2008 Details
Iran: Statement at the Second Review Conference Iran: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
India: Statement at the Second Review Conference India: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Hong Kong SAR (China): Statement at the Second Review Conference Hong Kong SAR (China): Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Finland: Analysis of Biomedical Samples upon Allegation of use of Chemical Weapons RC-2/NAT.15 Finland: Analysis of Biomedical Samples upon Allegation of use of Chemical Weapons 14/04/2008 Details
Cuba: Statement on behalf of the NAM CWC States Parties and China to the Second Review Conference Cuba: Statement on behalf of the NAM CWC States Parties and China to the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Colombia: Statement at the Second Review Conference Colombia: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
China: Statement at the Second Review Conference China: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Bangladesh: Statement at the Second Review Conference Bangladesh: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Australia: Sequential Inspections RC-2/NAT.6 Australia: Sequential Inspections 08/04/2008 Details
Argentina: Statement at the Second Review Conference Argentina: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
African Group: Statement at the Second Review Conference African Group: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details

Decisions

  Document Symbol Title Date  
Decision: Attendance by Non-Signatory States at the Second Review Conference RC-2/DEC.1 Decision: Attendance by Non-Signatory States at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Decision: Attendance by Non-Governmental Organisations at the Second Review Conference RC-2/DEC.3 Decision: Attendance by Non-Governmental Organisations at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details
Decision: Attendance by International Organisations, Specialised Agencies, and Other International Bodies at the Second Review Conference RC-2/DEC.2 Decision: Attendance by International Organisations, Specialised Agencies, and Other International Bodies at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008 Details